∙ Indie pop singer-songwriter Feist’s first gig was fronting a Calgary punk outfit called Placebo, which she left after damaging her vocal cords.
∙ Before launching her solo career, she collaborated with electronic artist (and former roommate) Peaches and rock collective Broken Social Scene.
∙ Her breakthrough debut, Let It Die, which featured the hit “Mushaboom,” won Juno Awards for Best Alternative Rock Album and Best New Artist.
∙ “1234” climbed the charts after appearing in an iPod ad, and the version of the song she performed on Sesame Street now has more than 500 million views online.
∙ James Blake hit the Top 10 in several countries with his sparse cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love,” which was featured on his Mercury Prize-nominated, self-titled debut.
∙ Metal band Mastodon covered “A Commotion” in 2012, and she returned the favor with a delicate take on their track “Black Tongue.”
∙ In 2012, she won Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize for Metals, making her the first woman to receive the honor.
HOMETOWNAmherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
BORN13 February 1976